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On cliff tops along the rugged coast of Isabela, Puerto Rico, the Atlantic Ocean has carved faces of Taino warriors, and wind-sculpted trees hug the land. This is where Stanley and Charlie Pasarell spent years hitting golf balls. Discovering tees, fairways and greens, they were inspired by this spiritual place. The result: Royal Isabela.
Royal Isabela is a vibrant community of residents and lodge guests that believe in the ideals of preservation, conservation and sustainability, without having to sacrifice luxury.
In creating the Golf Links, the Club and the Lodge at Royal Isabela, paramount importance has been placed on protecting the existing contours, natural features and native flora and fauna along this oceanfront land. Every aspect of Royal Isabela's design has evolved out of the land itself. This respect for nature not only provides an idyllic environment for Royal Isabela's residents and guests, but it also insures the preservation of its unique ecosystem.
20 freestanding Casitas are true “little houses” designed for the ultimate in Puerto Rican hospitality. Each Casita encompasses 1,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor space and is sited to best catch Royal Isabela's stunning ocean vistas with minimal impact to the environment. Each Casita features an airy living room and bedroom with natural wood floors and ceilings, as well as a generously sized bathroom with separate tub and large shower room that also opens to a private deck. Luxurious amenities include two LCD TVs, wet bar, Frette linens and robes, and Gilchrist & Soames bath products.
Each morning, the Chef visits Royal Isabela's River Farm and Gatehouse Garden to see what the good earth has given. Only then does he plan the day's menu at the Restaurant at La Casa, Royal Isabela's restaurant. As advocates of both slow food and locavore movements, they combine classic European cooking techniques with Puerto Rican ingredients to create the Restaurant's signature farm-to-table cuisine. The menu spotlights Royal Isabela's very own vegetables, herbs and fruits, as well as the bounty from local fishermen, cheesemakers and small family farms. Thei philosophy is simple: real food, cooked with real heat.
The intimately sized restaurant features eight tables inside and more outside on the terrace overlooking the Atlantic and the Gold Links. From the terracotta roof made from century-old handmade tiles to wrought-iron chandeliers, Oriental rugs and mahogany tables, La Casa exudes Spanish Colonial charm. The airy space encourages a leisurely dining experience, beginning with a stop at the bar facing a brick oven (where addictive wood-fired pizzas are made to order) to chat over the day's offerings.
In addition to The Restaurant at La Casa, Royal Isabela's dining venues include:
- The Bar at La Casa: Open-air bar with sweeping golf course and ocean views, serving wines, beers, cocktails and tapas
- The Grill at the Pro Shop: Paninis, wraps and pizzas made with homegrown and local ingredients, as well as refreshing drinks
- In-Room Dining: A sampling of favorites from the Restaurant at La Casa.